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Woman reunited with cat thanks to microchip

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A lakeshore woman thought her family's pet cat was dead weeks after it slipped out of her house. Then she received a phone call that led to a reunion with her beloved pet -- thanks to a microchip.

Esther Sue is a seven-month-old house cat that likes to play fetch. But one afternoon last month Esther Sue's owner, Carla Vanderploeg, was in a rush and, as she left, so did esther sue.

"I was going out the door there one day, rushing out, and she just got out under my foot," says Vanderploeg. "She had been kind of been wanting to get outside a little bit and she was determined to that day."

When Esther Sue failed to return within a couple of days, Vanderploeg posted signs around her neighborhood and sent out an SOS on Facebook, all to no avail.

Weeks later Carla and a friend were driving on a nearby road when they found what they thought was Esther Sue -- the remains of a cat, unrecognizable after it was run over by a car.

"I had that sunken feeling in my heart, and I was saying, 'Yeah, that looks like her'," Vanderploeg remembers.

But last Friday, Vanderploeg received a call from the Harbor Humane Society.

"She was shocked that we had her cat because she thought that the cat had passed away," says Lindsay Klomparens with the humane society. "It had been missing about a month prior to that and she thought for sure it was dead."

Vanderploeg -- as she had done with a previous pet -- made sure that Esther Sue was implanted with an identification microchip. When Animal Control brought the cat in to the Harbor Humane Society, a scanner revealed who esther sue belonged to.

"Without the microchip, we would have had no idea that it was her cat," says Klomparens. "The cat would have came into this room, sat here, and either been adopted or put to sleep at some point."

Humane society workers say that the reunion of Esther Sue with her owner shows how a simple, inexpensive procedure like microchipping can save a pet

"In the springtime, we're getting in close to thirty cats a day, and not even once a day do we see a microchipped cat," says Klomparens. "Maybe once a week if we're lucky."

"Get the pets microchipped," says Vanderploeg. "It makes all the difference. Obviously she had been gone four weeks. They found her, they scanned her, my information came up and we were reunited."

It cost esther sue's owner ten dollars to have a microchip implanted at a clinic.